Rights, Divesity, & Adult Education

Angelina Russo- Van Houten

Accomplishments of the Civil Rights Movement

1920: Nineteenth Amendment
1961: C.O.R.E
1996: E.N.D.A

There are many accomplishments in the history of civil rights and American Minorities. Some that really stick are the ones listed above. The 19th amendment allowed women to vote in congress. C.O.R.E. was responsible for regulating transpiration by creating freedom rides where people would not be hurt while crossing state lines. E.N.D.A was proposed in order to help discrimination from being allowing a workplace to fire someone based on their sexual preference.

These different acts help impact universal human rights because the push the process forward for people being considered equal and receiving equal rights and opportunities with schooling and jobs.

Civil VS. Political Rights

Civil rights pertain rights of an individual person that are backed by the law. These rights help protect people from discrimination and making sure people are treated equally in all aspects in life.

Political rights are natural justices making sure people have fair trails, can have freedom of speech and make sure that the law treats them fairly.

These rights play a role in the education process because they have helped shape where society is today. One major example of this would be the Brown Vs. The Board of Education. This act changed history because it stopped races from being segregated in schools.

Human Rights (are they universal?)

Human rights were intended to be for all people. Around the time of World War II, the Human Rights movement started a universal movement to help people all over have a voice for what was happening to them or around them.

The world leaders at the time came together to create a charter that would be used to help create rights for all people.

The charter stated that no one should be held in slavery, no one should be tortured or subjected to inhumane treatment, and that everyone has the right to recognize that everyone is a person with feelings.

Affirmative Action & Diversity

Affirmative Action:
  • Changes are driven by law
  • Selective in mandating changes that benefit disadvantaged groups
  • Uses an assumption approach
  • Numbers orientated


  • Strategically driven
  • Inclusive and encompasses everyone in the workplace
  • Synergy model
  • Behavioral based and aimed for changing organizational culture

The Adult Learner

All of these factors impact the adult learner.

The laws passed for equal rights allows people of all races, genders, and orientations to an education and also to fair treatment in the workplace. Diversity plays a large role in how instructors will present information and also how information is trained in an work environment.


Civil Rights Chronology. (2016). Retrieved from http://www.civilrights.org/resources/civilrights101/chronology.html

Diversity and Affirmative Action: Difference. (2015). Retrieved from http://www.stonybrook.edu/diversity/aboutus/difference.htm